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February 22, 2006
UMBC Presents Trombonist Abbie Conant in Concert with Composer William Osborne
Saturday, March 4, 2006
UMBC Fine Arts Recital Hall
Director of Arts & Culture
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Conant and Osborne’s performance features their composition Cybeline, a music theater work for performance-artist, glove controller, trombone, video, and quadraphonic surround sound. Schubert Lieder, the Egyptian Goddess Maat, Native American poetry, dismemberment, trombone playing, a cyborg talkshow host, a talking hand, sacred cartoons, a vengeful opera singer, a martyred math geek, Hildegard von Bingen, fighter jets, commercials for synthetic flesh, cyborgian attack dogs, and personality-enhancement chips, Psalms, a country western song, Mother Nature, and a tribute to Joni Mitchell...all integrated into a 45 minute surround sound mini opera with computer-generated accompaniment, video and live electronics. And yes, this is classical music about a cyborg trying to prove she is human by being a talk show host.
The concert will also include Music for the End of Time by William Osborne for trombone and quadraphonic tape, an apocalyptic work in six movements based on the Book of Revelation. The electronic music of the surround sound creates a sonic environment in which the trombone is the central figure. It explores all aspects of the trombone, ranging from expressions of "divine wrath," to wild rhythmic unisons with the Four Horsemen, to the gentlest, meditative lyricism.
Admission is free.
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Posted by tmoore at February 22, 2006 2:34 PM